Will my idevice work in a submarine.

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  1. kevinbomb123 macrumors member

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    I'm thinking of going on a submarine tour on my cruise next week and
    Was wondering if my device work in a submarine.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Probably not - the hull will likely act as a sort of Faraday cage and block the signal.
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    1) You probably will not get service down there
    2) They will probably make you put your phone in "airplane mode" or off

    ....it will still have power, but unlikely to have reception.
     
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  5. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    between that and moon mode, we should be good to go.
     
  6. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Do your iDevices work in Fort Knox?
     
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    what "iDevice" do you mean, and what would you consider "working"? Everything except cellular functions should work, there's no reason you couldn't take pictures, etc. while down there.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, as Fort Knox =/= the U.S. Mint Gold Depository adjacent to Fort Knox.
     
  9. seajay96 macrumors 6502

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    What are you trying to do while you're underwater that can't wait till you surface?

    BTW, not being snarky, I'm genuinely curious.
     
  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Oh...that's not quite as exciting....:)
     
  11. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Yes, just wondering??
     
  12. barjam macrumors regular

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    Radio waves don't work well under water. If I had to guess reception would go to zero anything more than 3-4 feet under.
     
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I've been on a docked sub and I can tell you as soon as you start down that ladder your reception is gone!
     
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Last time I was in a sub in the middle of the pacific somewhere I was getting 6-7mbps download with AT&T.
    Those guys must have celltowers under water too:D
     
  15. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    You are expecting a phone call while on a submarine tour? :confused:
     
  16. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Or wants to spend the tour telling his friends "guess where I am?!"
     
  17. cynics macrumors G3

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    Better hope it works or you'll be bored as hell!!
     
  18. itjw macrumors 65816

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    Submarine

    An Android would work. And make you a sandwich.

    :D

    Surprised the trolls haven't thought of this yet
     
  19. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    It'll only work in a Yellow Submarine, a Yellow Submarine, a Yellow Submarine.
    It'll only work in a Yellow Submarine, a Yellow Submarine.
    <cue cute cartoon>
     
  20. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    Go to the App Store and download, iSubmersible, it allows you to make calls up to 300-1000 meters. iAbyss allows signal to the most deepest of waters.
     
  21. Sital macrumors 68000

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    Are you actually going underwater or is this a tour of a submarine that's docked with the hatches open?

    If it's docked with hatches open you're device should work just fine. I was at Pearl Harbor last week and my iPhone 4 worked just fine in the sub. If you're going underwater I can't say, but that would be one hell of a tour.
     
  22. cynics macrumors G3

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    Trolls have been banned, you'll have to look else where for your petty debates.
     
  23. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    Correct. I have had the same experience.

    There's also the whole camera issue, although I have heard the Navy sometimes allows camera-equipped devices on the boats, even though the shipyard can't have them anywhere.

    No. I can tell you from personal experience that when you have 5 bars on the top of the boat while it is in drydock, you will have no service once you're in the boat. Unless you were near an open trunk? Or for some reason they put a temporary repeater in while it was where it was?

    Forget Faraday cage. Just brute force block the signal. There's just a *little* bit of metal in those things.
     
  24. mcdj macrumors 604

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    For the sake of everyone else on the tour, I hope you get zero signal. .
     
  25. fins831 macrumors 6502a

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    There is more gold in your teeth, than there is in Fort Knox...that gold is long gone.
     

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